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push to prevent injuries in student athletes. with me today is dr. angela jones, an orthopedic specialist at med star maryland hospital. if i had a young boy, i'd be a little bit -- you know, one of those nervous mothers about letting him play certain sports. but what can we do to protect our children who want to play football and basketball and soccer? what can we do? >> i put together five easy tips that i hope can help parents prevent injuries in their athletes. the first is sleep. children on average get about an hour less each night of sleep than they actually need. so your elementary school child from 7 to 12 should be having 10 to 11 hours every night. >> that's a lot. >> it is. your high schooler from 12 to 18 should be having about 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night. most kids aren't getting that. the mind and the body need enough sleep to recharge. so kids can play their sports, enjoy it and be safe. >> you also say nutrition is important of course. >> that's true. a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, calcium and vitamin d is very importan
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